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I Want to Ice/Decorate a Cake for the First Time; I Need Some Tips

This is going to be a real adventure. Wish me luck!

Feb 09, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

I Want to Ice/Decorate a Cake for the First Time; I Need Some Tips

Makes sense. Thanks!

Feb 09, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Is There an Alternative to Ramekins for Baking Souffles?

Thanks.

Feb 09, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Is There an Alternative to Ramekins for Baking Souffles?

I'll note that!

Feb 09, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

I Want to Ice/Decorate a Cake for the First Time; I Need Some Tips

Thanks! I'll check the link out.

Feb 09, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

I Want to Ice/Decorate a Cake for the First Time; I Need Some Tips

OMG @ "...dumped a whole birthday cake in the garbage and ran to the store and bought a cake..."

Tell me more about this crumb coat. Is it just regular frosting?

I want to bake a cake from scratch this time. But do tell about your cake mix tip as I always find them to be too fluffy.

Any good recipes for royal or buttercream icing (I've seen one with shortening and I'm not sure how I feel about that)?

Feb 09, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

I Want to Ice/Decorate a Cake for the First Time; I Need Some Tips

Hello all.

Calling all experienced cake frosters/icers and decorators. I need your help.

I want to decorate a birthday cake for the first time and would like some tipas to make my venture sail smoothly. I should mention that:

(1) I am intimidated by the idea of cake decorating. I am not the most artistic person and sometimes I am not great with my hands but I do LOVE to bake.

(2) My past experience with frosting havent been great. I always get the crumbs all over the icing. I have only ever frosted a "cake mix" cake and I used pre-made over-the-counter frosting (it was a red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting).

But will all this in mind I do want to go ahead and try this once and for all. It will at least be fun.

The following questions float in my mind: Is there a particular kind of frosting or icing that is best for this purpose? Are some cake (texture-wise) better for frosting than others? Do i absolutely need a cake turner thingy (not sure of the name)?

Some trusty websites, videos and other resources will be great! (I have already checked out The Cake Boss and Wilton but err... more please).

All forms of help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Feb 09, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Is There an Alternative to Ramekins for Baking Souffles?

Covering all bases. Sounds like a smart idea!

Feb 05, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Is There an Alternative to Ramekins for Baking Souffles?

Hey! I have also heard of this trick. I first saw it in a souffle demonstration by Gordin Ramsey on his show The F Word. Here's the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O_-HD...

And heres a second souffle clip from the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paY3Xe...

I'm not sure how or if this will pair well with the parchment/foil collar technique. And I'm also not sure if it works with bigger souffles. It will be a matter of experimentation and experience.

Feb 03, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

Thanks for the tips!

(I think the bible is a general guide and source of inspiration too.)

Feb 02, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Mystery indeed!

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Wow! Surely you were culinary students?

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Is There an Alternative to Ramekins for Baking Souffles?

Great tip! Thanks.

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Is There an Alternative to Ramekins for Baking Souffles?

Did you have bad results without a collar?

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Is There an Alternative to Ramekins for Baking Souffles?

True! That never crossed my mind. It is infact a souffle dish. I've always just used it for serving.

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

Wow, 42 years! Nice.

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Go for it!

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

I might just give it a look then.

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Mamachef, do you have a cookbook coming out anytime soon?

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Shola Olunloyo? Can you tell me a little about him?

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Haha, pannetone desserts. What does 'O Sole Mio' mean?

Feb 01, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

I made typo. I meant kooky.

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

The idea of making puff pastry scares me. Haha.

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

Thank you!

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Their friendship even crossed many usual social boundaries: age, race, gender, sexual orientation. Their common denominator was their love for (southern) food and it truly blossomed.

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in General Topics

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

Canuck pride! I love it. I'll give them a look.

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

"The most recent edition of joy is the 75th Anniversary one from 2006, which restores some of the tone and recipes lost in the collaborative 2007 edition"

Did you make a mistake with the dates?

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

I asked nomadchowwoman for it. You probably just missed it above.

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

Correct.

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in Home Cooking

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

That's cute! And well, if it was a novel, then it was lovely read.

Jan 31, 2012
claritas in General Topics